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#1 Offline Katuko

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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 09:53 AM

Lately I have been drawing some BIONICLE stuff for practice, since I wanted to try "humanizing" robots and "robotizing" humans. This goes well for Toa, since they are already clearly humanoid. Bohrok were trickier, however, since they are 100% robot. I wanted to draw a Lehvak-Va posing with his katana, so here it goes. Posted ImageThe original sketch was drawn on paper, then I scanned it and went over the lines in Illustrator. The shading and stuff could have been better, but I'm rather content with the overall idea.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 10:00 AM

I like it. It still looks like Lehvak-Va, but more humanoid, very nice job.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 11:28 AM

Aw, he's adorable. :)He looks kinda flat here, try to get some more shading or specular highlights to bring out the metal texture.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 11:57 AM

Oh my... awwwwww <3This is extremely cute, love it!
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 02:31 PM

@Terminus24: Yeah, I tried to stick to the original design as much as possible. Had to ditch the "teeth" that I like so much on the set (I used to make the Va bite into apples and stuff :lol:) but I think it was for the best.@Eeko: I agree, it's very flat. I suck at shading at the moment, though, so I didn't dare go any further with it until I've gotten some more practice. The "shaded" version I had just looked bad.@Taka Nuvia: Thank you. ^_^ I had a head design I found rather cute as well, but it didn't fit the rest of the sketch.
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Posted Oct 14 2011 - 08:04 PM

Its very flat. However, you successfully made a humanized Lehrok Va. Great job. I've always pictured the Va as adult scouts, they were just short guys. :P
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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 08:13 AM

[...] @Taka Nuvia: Thank you. ^_^ I had a head design I found rather cute as well, but it didn't fit the rest of the sketch.

Oh WOW, that's extremely adorable. <3You should do something with it, really! :happydance:

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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 04:11 PM

I was planning on making a comic, actually, but I didn't get very far (got no funny ideas :P) and thus ended up with just these sketches. I got a bunch more of sketches, though, so if you want to see them I can upload those as well.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 08:03 AM

Sure, that would be great! :D And as for comics, you could always poke fun at storyline events, or maybe introduce your own universe...
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 10:49 AM

Here you go: A simple sketch compilation. I cut away a lot of drawings that were just plain bad, plus a few I'm not done with yet.If I end up doing a comic it will most likely be a humorous one. We'll see. :)

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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 11:15 AM

The expressions are soooo adorable, really love them. <3Your style of drawing seems like it would be fitting for a comic too. It would be nice to see more hand-drawn stuff in AWIII. ^_^ Well, that would be awesome. But as you said, we'll see :)
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 01:22 PM

You're right, there is a lack of hand- and computer-drawn comics around here. It's probably because sprites are a lot easier to work with for most people. A bit of copy-pasting and some color shifts plus the text tool and you have a basic sprite comic. Add some backgrounds and brush effects if you feel like it. I'm not saying sprite comics are bad (heck, I loved 8-bit Theater, to name one) but hand-drawn usually shows a lot more effort and the drawings always have their own unique style.

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Posted Oct 23 2011 - 04:02 PM

You made the head brilliantly! I also love the two-toed feet like the tohunga feet.
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Posted Oct 24 2011 - 07:36 PM

Awwww, he's adorable! love the head!
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Posted Oct 25 2011 - 04:32 AM

Thank you both for your kind words. ^_^
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Posted Nov 05 2011 - 06:50 AM

Aw Lehvak Va, you were the coolest of the Vas by far. :PThe Illustrator style of art like this is basically my current default style, so I'm biased towards it, so I don't mind the shading because yeah. Anyway, though, when I read the concept I thought this would be an odd thing to try and humanise, but you did a great job at it. I like the style you've come up with, very cool. The shield face looks really great, good swish applied to each of the pincers, as it were. It's almost like it is a Toa, but with a Lehvak Shield as a Kanohi, sorta. But anyway, really like this, good job!Posted Image
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Posted Nov 05 2011 - 08:44 AM

Can I hug it please? That's how cute it is. Well done!
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Posted Nov 05 2011 - 12:44 PM

You're right, there is a lack of hand- and computer-drawn comics around here. It's probably because sprites are a lot easier to work with for most people. A bit of copy-pasting and some color shifts plus the text tool and you have a basic sprite comic. Add some backgrounds and brush effects if you feel like it. I'm not saying sprite comics are bad (heck, I loved 8-bit Theater, to name one) but hand-drawn usually shows a lot more effort and the drawings always have their own unique style.

It's quite sad... but I don't think sprites are always easier to use. I mean, I tried using them, but it never worked for me. So I wouldn't say they're much easier to use; high-quality work always requires effort, independently of the media used. :shrugs:But the second thing is true. And that's why I'd be really happy if there were more hand-drawn comics in AWIII...

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Posted Nov 05 2011 - 01:08 PM

@Phyoohrii: Glad you like it. :) I'm pretty satisfied with the shield-face too. It's a shame the other Va aren't quite as easy to do. I tried making Tahnok have two horns and a burning skull, but it looked kind of weird. I have no idea how I would do Kohrok Va's "saw face" either.@Phovos the Raptor: Go head, he doesn't have the giant fangs anymore so it should be safe. :lol:@Taka Nuvia: I actually began doing some sketches for a comic, but as I've got other things to do as well it's not very far along.
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Posted Nov 23 2011 - 08:22 PM

What did you use to make that? I like it and I wanna try what you did!
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Posted Nov 24 2011 - 03:10 AM

Pencil on paper for the sketch, then I went over the lines in Adobe Illustrator to give it that smooth, cartoony look. I also corrected some mistakes by moving the vector parts around. Any vector program will do for this job, though; a free one is Inkscape. Finally I added some slight shading in Photoshop, but that was more of an afterthought than anything.
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Posted Nov 25 2011 - 05:08 AM

Ahh! Just adorable! ^_^ I don't know how you do it, just magnificent!
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